Comparing and Contrasting Preterist and Futurist Interpretations of Revelation

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As Richard L. Mayhue states, the "word 'preterist' comes from the Latin term praeteritus which basically means 'past' in regard to time." A preterist interpretation of the Book of Revelation, therefore, asserts that incidents described therein have already come to pass. A futurist interpretation, on the other hand, suggests the opposite namely, that Revelation is a prophecy of things to come. Thomas Ice argues that there are three degrees to preterism: mild, moderate, and extreme. Ice describes a mild preterist as one who "holds that the Tribulation was fulfilled within the first three hundred years of Christianity" but who still waits for the Second Coming; a moderate preterist as one who identifies Revelation as the account of "the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in AD 70" but who (like a mild preterist) still believes that the Second Coming has yet to happen; and an extreme preterist as one who views all of Revelation as having already come to pass. Ice labels the extreme preterist as the "consistent" preterist.
Revelation in Context To determine whether the preterist or the futurist interpretation of Revelation is the most accurate, it is essential to examine the…